Write Me a Murder

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Write Me A Murder is a 1961 mystery play in three acts by Frederick Knott.

The play tells the story of the brothers Clive and David Rodingham, who inherit the family fortune upon the death of their father.

They then meet business man Charles and his wife Julie, a would-be thriller writer. Charles is anxious to work with the brothers on property deals, and so encourages David, who is also a writer, to co-author a murder story with Julie. It isn’t long before the two concoct the perfect crime, which is soon twisted into a reality…

Knott was awarded an Edgar from the Mystery Writers of America for Best Mystery Play. He had won an earlier Edgar in this same category for Dial M for Murder.

The Original Broadway Cast

Write Me A Murder opened at the Belasco Theater on October 24, 1961, and ran for 196 performances.

The Hon. David Rodingham - James Donald

The Hon. Clive Rodingham - Denholm Elliott

Julie Sturrock - Kim Hunter

Dr. Elizabeth Woolley - Ethel Griffies

Charles Sturrock - Torin Thatcher

Mr. Tibbit - Robert Milli

Constable Hackett - Herbert Voland

Australian TV Adaptation[edit]

A 60 minute adaptation for Australian television aired in 1965. It was directed by Henri Safran.[1][2][3]


  • Rhod Walker as Clive Rodingham
  • Alan Edwards as David Rodingham
  • John Gray as Charles Sturrock
  • Judith Fisher as Julie Sturrock
  • Gwen Plumb as Elizabeth Wooley
  • Bob Haddow as Constable Hackett


  1. ^ https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=4VQRAAAAIBAJ&sjid=p5UDAAAAIBAJ&pg=7158%2C445160
  2. ^ http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article105876570?searchTerm="Write Me a Murder"&searchLimits=
  3. ^ "What to stay home for...". The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1995). ACT: National Library of Australia. 6 December 1965. p. 17. Retrieved 23 June 2015.